There is nothing worse than having someone look over your shoulder when you are using your laptop or PC. If you own an Asus EeePC, there is a new privacy filter from Thanko. You are fine in front of it, but the screen is not visible from either side. The Privacy Filter is easily attachable with double-sided removable sticky tape. It can only be used with the 4G-X or XU so those of you with a 901-X are out of luck, although if they make some bucks from this one, other filters should be sure to follow. Available for $48.50.
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At the Asus booth during Computex 2008, we had the pleasure of looking at their new EeeStick video gaming controllers. Similar to the Nintendo Wii‘s Wii Remote and Nunchuk, aiming and player movement is controlled by swinging the right controller around and moving the left thumbstick.
Sunrise Kuo of Asus showed us a demo of the controllers in action. When they’re ready in July or August, they will be packaged with the Asus EeePC 901 or EeePC 1000 models.
We were pleasantly surprised at this Computex 2008 when we saw Gigabyte’s new convertible tablet, the M912. At $650, with an 8.9-inch screen and 160gb HDD, it promises to be an excellent competitor to the HP Mini-Note, which we reviewed recently. Gigabyte’s Brendon Lo says that the M912 should be out somewhere around July 2008.
We’re looking forward to getting our hands on one.
HP Mini-Note 2133 wins:
- 2133 has a much nicer keyboard
- 2133 has a cleaner design
- 2133 has a faster processor (1.6Ghz vs. 900Mhz)
- 2133 has more RAM (2GB vs. 1GB)
Eee PC 900 wins:
- Eee PC is cheaper ($550 vs. $729-819)
- Eee PC is slimmer and lighter (2133 battery protrudes downward)
- Eee PC has more USB 2.0 ports (3 vs. 2)
- Eee PC is easier to dual boot with Ubuntu
Obviously the HP 2133 has a lot going for it, however it’s significantly more expensive. Stay tuned for more in-depth information about these trendy new netbooks and how they compare for power, usability, and value.